QMumbai: Mumbaikar Detained for ‘Hijack’ Prank; Bandra Fire Latest
Police claim Bandra slum fire accused is related to Azad Maidan rioters.
1. Hijack Hoax: Frequent Flier May Be The First To Be Put On No-Fly List
A frequent flier on Jet Airways was detained by the Ahmedabad police on Monday for keeping a note in the toilet of a Mumbai-Delhi flight saying 12 hijackers were on board. The Jet Airways flight 9W339 made an emergency landing with 115 passengers and seven crew members at Ahmedabad airport at 3.48 am.
Identified as Birju Kishore Salla, the 38-year-old passenger is a jeweller who lives in a high-rise in Nana Chowk. He is now in custody of the crime branch of the Ahmedabad police and may also face an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
A statement issued by Special Operations Group Assistant Commissioner of Police B B Solanki said, “The passenger does not seem to be involved in any criminal activities. He seems to have played a prank to get publicity.”
Being a frequent flier on the airline, he had earned enough miles to get 70 free tickets, said a source. He was travelling on a business class ticket worth Rs 25,000 to New Delhi to meet a client.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said Salla had been detained after investigators established that he was the only one to visit the toilet before the note was found by an air hostess.
2. Monster Uncle Raped Niece After Showing Her Porn Clips, Burnt Her With Candles
A 16-year-old Mumbai teen underwent a harrowing experience at the hands of her own uncle. She was repeatedly raped and tortured by him since the age of 10, whenever he was out on parole as he was serving a 10-year jail term for double-murder. He would rape, harass, burn her with candles and threaten her against telling her parents.
According to Hindustan Times, the girl managed to finally gather courage after undergoing this ordeal for 6 years and registered a complaint with the Mahim Police against her uncle and his wife.
The girl stated in her complaint with the police that her uncle, who is 46, would sexually assault her regularly whenever he was released on parole. He even showed her pornographic video clips. The accused's wife was also arrested as she failed to act by either informing the girl's parents or the police despite being fully aware that this atrocity was taking place. Cops further added that since the accused is a chairman of an SRA co-operative society in Mahim, he can be held accountable for his crime as a public servant.
3. Bandra Fire: Accused Related To Azad Maidan Rioters
The accused arrested for starting the fire at Garib Nagar in Bandra East last week is allegedly related to the accused involved in the Azad Maidan Riots of 2012, the police said.
The alleged arsonist, Shabbir Khan, 29, not only left the gas cylinder on but also poured kerosene on the roof of huts to intensify the fire. Interestingly, despite the scale of the fire, there were no casualties, raising the police's suspicions.
Police said more than 10 other people are involved in the fire incident, but many of them, including some women, are at large. The cops said Khan and some other accused from his family have criminal backgrounds and some were accused in the Azad Maidan Riots of 2012. Cops claim they have witnesses and evidence to back their claims.
According to a cop, there is a fire in the slum every six months and this gives the residents reason to claim they have lost all their documents and then build multi-storeyed structures at the same spot. After the fire, the officials declared that all the affected people would be given Rs 3,800 on humanitarian grounds, which would help them buy utensils and food.
4. Woman Finds Pervert Masturbating At Metro Station
A woman discovered a man masturbating at Airport Road station on Friday. The incident occurred between 3:45 to 4:00pm. She tweeted about the matter to the Metro authorities and the police and is in the process of lodging a formal complaint with the Andheri Police.
According to The Times of India, the woman mentioned in her tweet that the she saw the accused pleasuring himself at Airport Road station, which she termed has become unsafe for women.
Metro officials have stated that they have studied CCTV footage and will be submitting it to officials who are investigating the case.
Metro authorities responded to the woman's tweet by promising to take note of her complaint and ensure that such incidents are not repeated. This could very well be a first such case of sexual harassment to have happened in a Mumbai Metro. Such things have taken place in the recent past as well.
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5. Mumbai: Contractor Who Was Fired For Penguin Fiasco, Returns To Byculla Zoo
The BMC seems to have enclosed itself into another controversy with the Byculla zoo, this time round for its revamp. The civic body has awarded Rs 120-crore contracts to Highway Construction, a firm infamous for bagging - and subsequently being kicked out of - the Humboldt penguin project over dubious claims.
As per the revamp plan, BMC's Building Maintenance (BM) department had floated two tenders of Rs 60 crore each for the construction of 10 and 7 animal enclosures respectively. According to a source from the BM department, Highway Construction was the lowest bidder and is now in the process of finalizing the contract with the civic body.
Samajwadi Party corporator and Standing Committee member Rais Shaikh has written a letter (mid-day has a copy) to municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta, alleging that some BMC officials helped the company bag the contracts, and has demanded to cancel its bids, considering the firm's past record and its alleged irregularities in the Humboldt penguin project.
6. In First For State, Dental Hospital To Treat Cancer
In a first for Maharashtra, a dental hospital will now offer treatment to patients of oral cancer.
The Government Dental College and Hospital, located at CST, is all set to start a dedicated oral cancer department, in which doctors will not only diagnose the disease, but will also conduct surgery and provide chemotherapy as well.
The decision was taken by the state health department to reduce the load on Tata Memorial Hospital, the country’s only cancer hospital. The state government has sanctioned around Rs10 crore for the new oral cancer department.
The state-run Government Dental College and Hospital currently gets between 25 and 30 cases of oral cancer per month, but patients are referred to Tata Memorial for further treatment.
7. Iconic Toy Train Chugs Along Matheran Hills
After a hiatus of almost 18 months, shuttle services between Aman Lodge and Matheran resumed with the tickets selling out within minutes.
A huge crowd of tourists gathered at the station to enjoy the service that had been suspended following two incidents of derailments last year. The response was such that the return train journey from Matheran back to Aman Lodge was fully booked within 20 minutes.
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